Hi All, Here's another link that gives details about Win10 registration and activation.
Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10 | ZDNet
Hi All, On this page near the bottom Microsoft outlines how to do a clean install of Win10 ISO onto a new drive and it doesn't mention needing to do anything special or highly technical.
Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help
I believe that tutorial is about installing on an already ready to go drive , you are getting a brand new SSD and the commands like clean etc... are what allows the drive to accept an operating system( at least thats what i was told).
Although the booting stuff may seem difficult there's really nothing to it , the only thing i did with the boot is to make my DVD boot first so i could install from using the ISO image .
I don't know how important the UEFI boot and Legacy options are , i was never told to do any of that but if you need to choose UEFI you just go to BIOS and change it there. The F2 button takes you into those options but you need to restart and before Windows loads start tapping the F2 button till you see that screen .
Thanks for the info. Because its installing from a USB or DVD I don't think it matters if the main drive is empty or not. I did a google search for "install "windows 10" onto a new hard drive" and it seems there's no problem doing the Win10 ISO or Win10 USB install onto an new and empty drive that's placed in the internal drive bay.
But I could be wrong. If there's info that says otherwise please let me know.
Booting from DVD or USB is the easy part. I've done it many times for various projects. If I run into problems I'll do some research and hop back onto the forums.
On my HP Pavilion laptop the ESC key gets me into all the boot options.
The installer will install it fine on a new SSD. The command prompt is not necessary unless you do not want the System Reserved partition, which has it's advantages. This will tell you exactly how to do it, step by step Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
That's some serious step-by-step action. (newbies beware!) I'm now reading it in more detail. Thanks for the link. My Plan A is to still just boot from the Win10 ISO DVD and see what happens. I'm pretty sure UEFI boot is default on my brand new HP Pavilion laptop. I do want to keep the System Reserved partition. Cheers,
A normal Windows 10 installation with MBR style will create 2 partitions: a 500MB reserved partition and C: Drive.I do want to keep the System Reserved partition
You might be able to install Windows 10 without a reserved partition by first create & format the drive you plan to install it on then you'll get a single partition C: . However, this will only works with MBR style installation.
For UEFI style installation, you have no choice. Windows will create 4 partitions: Resevered (450 MB), System (100MB), MSR (16MB) and C; Drive.
My suggestion is just to let Windows creates all the needed partitions. They are only a few hundred MB's anyway.
I think it looks more technical than it really is. It is pretty simple actually. If you run into any problems, let us know or post in the tutorial thread.
topgundcp, I'm not a techie but my intuition says letting it create all the system partitions is no problem and Windows is probably creating them for a good reason. The tiny amount of space they use is totally not an issue for me.
I will follow your suggestion. I think its best cause I don't want to spend time wrapping my head around MBR vs UEFI install.
Hello @essenbe, I will post here how the install goes. I should get my new SSD in about 10 days. Cheers,
If thats the case why was i told to run certain commands like "diskpart", select disk , clean etc... so none of that is necessary , you can just stick a new SSD in your computer and clean install from an ISO ?
On another note , i have also found the tutorials to be confusing and have avoided trying to follow them , i just get lost but they appear to be fine for most.